Skeleton keys have long been used as Protective Amulets and charms, due to being made of iron, throughout many cultures and folk practices.
They are also symbolic of opening doors to occult knowledge, practices, unlocking mysteries, and removing blockages to your goals in life.
Keys are also sacred to many deities and saints such as Eleggua, Papa Legba, Saint Peter, Hecate, Janus, etc.
Skeleton Keys hold quite a lot of mystique. Movies have done much to drive home the idea that these keys could open any door. And this is true of actual skeleton keys. Though they generally hold a similar shape in our collective unconscious, an actual skeleton key can be of any shape, including modern renditions of keys.
That said, in magickal practices, the symbolism of a skeleton key exists in its ability to open all doors, allowing passage into those places that exist behind locked barriers. This is in reference, of course, to liminal spaces, and the spiritual realms of the unseen.
Keys represent knowledge and access. And it’s important to note that they can both open doors and LOCK doors. Possessing a key is both about gaining access and setting boundaries.
USES ON THE ALTAR:
- For divination, the passageway ‘in’.
- The holder of the key is allowed access to all that is unseen
- A symbol for sealed or locked away secrets – an anchor in an obscuration spell
- An initiatory tool held by the one that has gained access into specific spaces on the other side
- A talisman in a protection spell
- The amulet of the Traveler
- Can be hung at doorways of your home for protection
- Removing blocks
- Opening roads
- Calling spirits
INVOCATION TO CHARGE YOUR KEY
Sacred Key, Sacred Key,
I charge you with the task
of unlocking the path of mystery.
Grant me pass, let me in
Make available the secrets
that exist within.
Key Symbolism and Meaning
In key symbolism, keys represent knowledge and success. They can open doors that are closed to other than the key holder. Possessing a key gives a person access to locked rooms.
The key is also a symbol of freedom and liberation.
In a modern romantic notion, a key necklace may symbolize “the key to my heart”.
This is a love symbol much like the heart symbol.
Keys have been used as a symbol of authority and power for ages in many societies and ceremonies around the world.
Earlier it was not uncommon that Jewish midwives would place a key in the hand of a woman giving birth. Preferably the key should be to a synagogue. The sacred key was meant to “unlock” the infant and ensure safe delivery of the baby.
In Eastern Europe, there was a superstition that a key brought good dreams to the owner. The key had the power to prevent all bad dreams. To make this work a key was hung upside down on the wall over the bed.
In Ionia, located in present-day Turkey, there was a tradition to bury the dead with an iron key. It was important the dead could unlock the door to the Underworld.
Crossed Key Symbolism
In Matthew 16:18-19 Jesus symbolically gives Peter the keys to heaven.
It is these two verses in the Bible that are used to explain why Peter is considered the first Pope in the Catholic Church.
“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:18-19
Legend has made Saint Peter the gatekeeper of heaven.
His gold key represents his power to dissolve any sin and open the door to heaven and eternal life. His silver key represents his power to lockout unworthy souls from the gate of heaven.
A newly consecrated Pope will receive two diagonally crossed keys in silver and gold.
This emblem symbolizes supreme authority and the “Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven”. The crossed keys are shown in the coat of arms of the Holy See.
The silver key represents the spiritual authority of the Pope. The gold key represents the power of heaven. The cord binds these two together.
Janus – Roman God of the Gates and Doors
Janus is the two-faced Roman god of gates. He could look in both directions at the same time. All doors have an entrance and an exit. He was the gatekeeper.
He could see the past as well as the future. Janus was the beginning and the end. He was wisdom.
He could grant success and new opportunities.
He is sometimes shown carrying keys in his left hand and his staff in his right hand.
He was the god of new beginnings. The month of January is named after Janus.
- Love Key Spell
Anoint a key and lock with Open Road & Come to Me Oils. Then anoint a Green & Pink Candle with the same oils, size is your choice. Place the lock & key in between the two candles. Make sure the lock is open & the key next to it.
Ask for the doors of Love & Romance to be unlocked for you.
This is also great for relationships that are having issues. This can unlock & remove problems.
- Money Drawing
Anoint a Key with our Lucky Money Oil. Anoint any money candle of your choice with the same oil. Pray for the things you want & need. Leave the key next to the candle until it finishes burning.
Business owners can hang this key above the door of their business or leave it in their cash register so the door to money is always open to them. Individuals can take this lucky key on job interviews.
- For Good Luck
Anoint a key with Van Van & High John Oil. Take the same oils & anoint a 7 Color Candle. Leave the key next to the candle until it finishes burning. Then put this key on your key chain & never take it off so good luck is always with you where ever you.
These Rusty Ornate Skeleton keys are from the late 1800's
size from 1.5 to 3 inches.
you will get 1 key